Title I is a federally funded program included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The program is supplemental in nature and cannot replace regular classroom instruction.
Title I has three major goals:
- Enabling all children to meet high standards
- Promoting active engagement by parents and families in the child’s education
- Increasing the expertise of staff through staff development opportunities
How is money allocated to states? To districts? To schools?
- The amounts allocated to the states directly reflect the 2000 census data indicating poverty.
- A formula is then used to allocate money to individual schools. Only schools whose low-income percentage is higher than the district average are eligible to receive Title I funds.
What is Appleton’s focus for Title I instruction?
- The elementary focus of Title I will continue.
- The primary content area focus is targeted around English Language Arts (ELA) and math instruction.
- Four preschool classes are supported. Children are eligible on the basis of preschool screening.
Eleven elementary schools have Title I staff:
- Columbus/Appleton Bilingual
Eleven private schools pool their monies to support a teacher who divides time between identified students on a weekly basis and provides supplemental instruction to elementary homeless students in non-Title I schools.
Test data and classroom teacher input affirms the focus and identification of students needing assistance on a yearly basis.
Who can participate from Title I instruction?
- Any student in need of help is eligible to receive the services of the Title I teacher in a Title I identified building and/or attendance area.
- Private school students identified in need of instruction must reside in the attendance area of a public school Title I.
- A “Needs Assessment” is completed school wide to identify students targeted for additional assistance in the content areas.
- Instruction and assessment is ongoing and monitored by the school, district, state and federal levels through the Wisconsin Student Assessment System data. District assessment and informal measures also indicate progress.
ESSA Certification for Paraprofessionals and Interpreters
Parent’s Right to Receive Teacher Information
AASD Title I & Birth-Five Outreach Coordinator
Title I & Birth-Five Outreach Secretary